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Why Shares of Wells Fargo Are Up Today

What happened

Shares of Wells Fargo(NYSE:WFC) were trading nearly 4% higher as of 10:45 a.m. ET today for no obvious reason, although I suspect it is likely because of President Joe Biden's decision to reappoint Jerome Powell as the chairman of the Federal Reserve.

So what

Holders of bank stocks in general appear to be pleased with the Powell news, as the KBW Nasdaq Bank Index, which tracks the largest bank stocks in the country, traded more than 2% higher this morning as well.

Wells Fargo is likely trading higher than the group as a whole because the bank is more captive to the Federal Reserve right now. It remains under a Federal Reserve-imposed asset cap limiting the bank from growing its balance sheet. The asset cap is a result of the bank's infamous phony-accounts scandal and has caused the loss of billions of dollars in profits.

Picture of building with Wells Fargo logo on it.

Image source: Wells Fargo.

Now, I don't think this means that Powell will make it easy to get the asset cap removed, as he has made public statements suggesting that Wells still has a good deal of work to do. But he is likely a far better pick for the bank than the other top candidate, Dr. Lael Brainard, who Biden announced will become vice chairwoman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

Brainard is favored by Democrats who would prefer stricter banking regulation, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who earlier this year called for Wells Fargo to be broken up.

Now what

While I am not sure that this necessarily speeds up the removal of Wells Fargo's asset cap, I would agree that the process certainly could have been more difficult under Brainard's regime, so this is a victory for the bank.

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Wells Fargo

American multinational banking and financial services company

For other uses, see Wells Fargo (disambiguation).

Wells Fargo Logo (2020).png

Company logo since 2019

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Wells Fargo's corporate headquarters complex in San Francisco, California

TypePublic

Traded as

ISINUS9497461015
Industry
Predecessors
Founded1929 (92 years ago) (1929) in Minneapolis, U.S. (as Northwest Bancorporation)
1983 (as Norwest Corporation)
1998 (as Wells Fargo & Company)
Founders (Wells Fargo Bank)
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California, U.S. (corporate);
New York, NY (operational)[1]

Number of locations

Area served

Worldwide

Key people

ProductsAsset management, banking, commodities, credit cards, equities trading, insurance, investment management, mortgage loans, mutual funds, private equity, risk management, wealth management
RevenueDecrease US$72.34 billion (2020)

Operating income

Decrease US$581 million (2020)

Net income

Decrease US$3.30 billion (2020)
Total assetsIncrease US$1.955 trillion (2020)
Total equityDecrease US$185.9 billion (2020)

Number of employees

268,531 (2020)
Subsidiaries
Websitewellsfargo.com
Footnotes / references
[3]
American Express Co. early receipts (1853, 1869)
Stagecoach with Christmas gifts Wells Fargo Bank San Francisco
Wells Fargo & Co. Express building circa 1860, Stockton, California
Wells Fargo & Co. $2 stamp and 10 cents stamped envelope with Pony Express cancellation, carried from San Franciscoto New York Cityin 12 days, during June 1861.

Wells Fargo & Company is an American multinational financial services company with corporate headquarters in San Francisco, California, operational headquarters in Manhattan,[4] and managerial offices throughout the United States and internationally.[3] The company has operations in 35 countries with over 70 million customers globally.[3] It is considered a systemically important financial institution by the Financial Stability Board.

The firm's primary subsidiary is Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., a national bank chartered in Wilmington, Delaware[3] which designates its main office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It is the fourth largest bank in the United States by total assets and is one of the largest as ranked by bank deposits and market capitalization. Along with JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and Citigroup, Wells Fargo is one of the "Big Four Banks" of the United States.[5] It has 8,050 branches and 13,000 ATMs.[3] It is one of the most valuable bank brands.[6][7]

Wells Fargo in its present form is a result of a merger between the original Wells Fargo & Company and Minneapolis-based Norwest Corporation in 1998. While Norwest was the nominal survivor, the merged company took the better-known Wells Fargo name and moved to Wells Fargo's hub in San Francisco, while its banking subsidiary merged with Wells Fargo's Sioux Falls-based banking subsidiary. With the 2008 acquisition of Charlotte-based Wachovia, Wells Fargo became a coast-to-coast bank. Wells Fargo is ranked 7th on the Forbes Global 2000 list of largest public companies in the world and ranked 37th on the Fortune 500 list of the largest companies in the US.[3][8] The company has been the subject of several investigations by regulators. On February 2, 2018, due to the Wells Fargo account fraud scandal, the Federal Reserve barred Wells Fargo from growing its nearly $2 trillion-asset base any further until the company fixes its internal problems to the satisfaction of the Federal Reserve.[9] In September 2021, Wells Fargo incurred further fines from the United States Justice Department charging fraudulent behavior by the bank against foreign-exchange currency trading customers.[10]

History[edit]

For history before 1998, see Wells Fargo (1852–1998). For history after 1998, see History of Wells Fargo.

A late 19th century Wells Fargo Bank in Apache Junction, Arizona
1879 Wells Fargo stagecoach

In 1852, Henry Wells and William G. Fargo, the two founders of American Express, formed Wells Fargo & Company to provide express and banking services to California, which was growing rapidly due to the California Gold Rush.

In March 1860, Wells Fargo gained control Butterfield Overland Mail Company, after Congress failed to pass the annual post office appropriation bill, thereby leaving the post office with no way to pay for the Overland Mail Company's services, and leaving Overland no way to pay Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo then operated the western portion of the Pony Express.[11]

Wells, Fargo & Co. 1868 display advertisement from The Salt Lake Daily Telegraph(Utah Territory)

In 1866, the "Grand consolidation" united Wells Fargo, Holladay, and Overland Mail stage lines under the Wells Fargo name.[12]

In 1872, Lloyd Tevis, a friend of the Central Pacific "Big Four" and holder of rights to operate an express service over the Transcontinental Railroad, became president of the company after acquiring a large stake, a position he held until 1892.[13]

In 1892, John J. Valentine, Sr., a long time Wells Fargo employee, was made president of the company. Valentine died in late December 1901 and was succeeded as president by Dudley Evans on January 2, 1902.

In 1905, Wells Fargo separated its banking and express operations; Wells Fargo's bank merged with the Nevada National Bank to form the Wells Fargo Nevada National Bank.[14]

In 1918, as a wartime measure, the United States government nationalized Wells Fargo's express franchise into a federal agency known as the US Railway Express Agency (REA). The federal government took control of the express company.[15] The bank began rebuilding but with a focus on commercial markets. After the war, the REA was privatized and continued service until 1975.

In 1923, Wells Fargo Nevada merged with the Union Trust Company to form the Wells Fargo Bank & Union Trust Company.[16]

In 1929, Northwest Bancorporation was formed as a banking association.

The company did well during the Great Depression; during a Bank Holiday in March 1933, the company actually gained $2 million of deposits.[17]

In 1954, Wells Fargo & Union Trust shortened its name to Wells Fargo Bank.

In 1960, Wells Fargo merged with American Trust Company to form the Wells Fargo Bank American Trust Company.[18]

In 1962, Wells Fargo American Trust shortened its name to Wells Fargo Bank.

In 1968, Wells Fargo was converted to a federal banking charter, becoming Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Wells Fargo merges with Henry Trione's Sonoma Mortgage in a $10.8 million stock transfer, making Trione the largest shareholder in Wells Fargo until Warren Buffett and Walter Annenberg surpassed him.[19]

In 1969, Wells Fargo & Company holding company was formed, with Wells Fargo Bank as its main subsidiary.[20]

In 1982, Northwest Bancorporation acquired consumer finance firm Dial Finance, which was renamed Norwest Financial Service the following year.[21]

In 1983, Northwest Bancorporation was renamed Norwest Corporation.

In September 1983, a Wells Fargo armored truck depot in West Hartford, Connecticut was the victim of the White Eagle robbery, involving an insider who worked as an armored truck guard, in the largest US bank theft to date, with $7.1 million stolen and two co-workers tied up. The robbery was carried out with the support of the government of Cuba and the cash was initially moved to Mexico City.[22][23]

In 1986, Wells Fargo acquired Crocker National Bank from Midland Bank.[24][25]

In 1987, Wells Fargo acquired the personal trust business of Bank of America.[26]

In 1988, Wells Fargo acquired Barclays Bank of California from Barclays plc.[27]

In 1991, Wells Fargo acquired 130 branches in California from Great American Bank for $491 million.[28]

In May 1995, Wells Fargo became the first major US financial services firm to offer internet banking.[29]

In 1996, Wells Fargo acquired First Interstate Bancorp for $11.6 billion.[30] Integration went poorly as many executives left.[31][32]

In 1998, Wells Fargo Bank was acquired by Norwest Corporation of Minneapolis, with the combined company assuming the Wells Fargo name.[33][34]

In 2000, Wells Fargo Bank acquired National Bank of Alaska.[35] It also acquired First Security Corporation.

In 2001, Wells Fargo acquired H.D. Vest Financial Services for $128 million, but sold it in 2015 for $580 million.[36]

In June 2007, John Stumpf was named chief executive officer of the company and Richard Kovacevich remained as chairman.[37]

In 2007, Wells Fargo acquired Greater Bay Bancorp, which had $7.4 billion in assets, in a $1.5 billion transaction.[38][39][40][41] It also acquired Placer Sierra Bank.[42] It also acquired CIT Group's construction unit.[43][44]

In 2008, Wells Fargo acquired United Bancorporation of Wyoming.[45]

In 2008, Wells Fargo acquired Century Bancshares of Texas.[46]

On October 3, 2008, after Wachovia turned down an inferior offer from Citigroup, Wachovia agreed to be bought by Wells Fargo for about $14.8 billion in stock.[47] On October 4, 2008, a New York state judge issued a temporary injunction blocking the transaction from going forward while the competing offer from Citigroup was sorted out.[48] Citigroup alleged that it had an exclusivity agreement with Wachovia that barred Wachovia from negotiating with other potential buyers. The injunction was overturned late in the evening on October 5, 2008, by New York state appeals court.[49] Citigroup and Wells Fargo then entered into negotiations brokered by the FDIC to reach an amicable solution to the impasse. Those negotiations failed. Citigroup was unwilling to take on more risk than the $42 billion that would have been the cap under the previous FDIC-backed deal (with the FDIC incurring all losses over $42 billion). Citigroup did not block the merger, but sought damages of $60 billion for breach of an alleged exclusivity agreement with Wachovia.[50]

On October 28, 2008, Wells Fargo received $25 billion of funds via the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act in the form of a preferred stock purchase by the United States Department of the Treasury.[51][52] As a result of requirements of the government stress tests, the company raised $8.6 billion in capital in May 2009.[53] On December 23, 2009, Wells Fargo redeemed $25 billion of preferred stock issued to the United States Department of the Treasury. As part of the redemption of the preferred stock, Wells Fargo also paid accrued dividends of $131.9 million, bringing the total dividends paid to $1.441 billion since the preferred stock was issued in October 2008.[54]

In April 2009, Wells Fargo acquired North Coast Surety Insurance Services.[55]

In 2011, the company hired 25 investment bankers from Citadel LLC.[56][57][58]

In April 2012, Wells Fargo acquired Merlin Securities.[59][60] In December 2012, it was rebranded as Wells Fargo Prime Services.[61]

In December 2012, Wells Fargo acquired a 35% stake in The Rock Creek Group LP. The stake was increased to 65% in 2014 but sold back to management in July 2018.[62]

In 2015, Wells Fargo Rail acquired GE Capital Rail Services and merged in with First Union Rail.[63] In late 2015, Wells Fargo acquired three GE units focused on business loans equipment financing.[64]

In March 2017, Wells Fargo announced a plan to offer smartphone-based transactions with mobile wallets including Wells Fargo Wallet, Android Pay and Samsung Pay.[65]

In June 2018, Wells Fargo sold all 52 of its physical bank branch locations in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio to Flagstar Bank.[66][67][68]

In September 2018, Wells Fargo announced it would cut 26,450 jobs by 2020 to reduce costs by $4 billion.[69][70]

In March 2019, CEO Tim Sloan resigned amidst the Wells Fargo account fraud scandal and former general counsel C. Allen Parker became interim CEO.[71]

In July 2019, Principal Financial Group acquired the company's Institutional Retirement & Trust business.[72]

On September 27, 2019, Charles Scharf was announced as the firm's new CEO.[73]

In 2020, the company sold its student loan portfolio.[74][75]

In May 2021, the company sold its Canadian Direct Equipment Finance business to Toronto-Dominion Bank.[76]

In 2021, the company sold its asset management division, Wells Fargo Asset Management (WFAM) to private equity firms GTCR and Reverence Capital Partners for $2.1 billion.[77] WFAM had $603 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2020,[78][79] of which 33% was invested in money market funds.[80] WFAM was rebranded as Allspring Global Investments.[81][82]

Environmental record[edit]

In 2009, Wells Fargo ranked 1st among banks and insurance companies, and 13th overall, in Newsweek Magazine's inaugural "Green Rankings" of the country's 500 largest companies.[83]

In 2013, the company was recognized by the EPA Center for Corporate Climate Leadership as a Climate Leadership Award winner, in the category "Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate)"; this recognition was for the company's aim to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas emissions from its US operations by 35% by 2020 versus 2008 levels.[84]

In 2017, Wells Fargo ranked 182nd out of 500 in Newsweek Magazine's "Green Rankings" of the largest US companies;[85]

Newsweek's 2020 listing of "America's Most Responsible Companies" did not include Wells Fargo.[86]

Wells Fargo has provided more than $10 billion in financing for environmentally beneficial business opportunities, including supporting commercial-scale solar photovoltaic projects and utility-scale wind projects nationwide.[87]

In 2010, Wells Fargo launched what it believes to be the first blog among its industry peers to report on its environmental stewardship and to solicit feedback and ideas from its stakeholders.[88]

Wells Fargo History Museum[edit]

The company operates the Wells Fargo History Museum at 420 Montgomery Street, San Francisco. Displays include original stagecoaches, photographs, gold nuggets and mining artifacts, the Pony Express, telegraph equipment, and historic bank artifacts. The museum also has a gift shop.[89] In January 2015, armed robbers in an SUV smashed through the museum's glass doors and stole gold nuggets.[90][91][92][93] The company previously operated other museums but those have since closed.[94]

Operations and services[edit]

Map of Wells Fargo branches in August 2015

Consumer Banking and Lending[edit]

The Consumer Banking and Lending segment includes Regional Banking, Diversified Products, and Consumer Deposits groups, as well as Wells Fargo Customer Connection (formerly Wells Fargo Phone Bank, Wachovia Direct Access, the National Business Banking Center, and Credit Card Customer Service). Wells Fargo also has around 2,000 stand-alone mortgage branches throughout the country. There are also mini-branches located inside of other buildings, which are almost exclusively grocery stores, that usually contain ATMs, basic bank teller services, and an office for private meetings with customers.[3]

Consumer lending[edit]

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage is the second largest retail mortgage originator in the United States, originating one out of every four home loans.[95] Wells Fargo services $1.8 trillion in home mortgages, the one of the largest servicing portfolios in the US.[3]

Equipment lending[edit]

Wells Fargo has various divisions, including Wells Fargo Rail, that finance and lease equipment to different types of companies.[3]

Wealth and Investment Management[edit]

Wells Fargo Advisors headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri

Wells Fargo offers investment products through its subsidiaries, Wells Fargo Investments, LLC, and Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, as well as through national broker/dealer firms. The company also serves high-net-worth individuals through its private bank and family wealth group.

Wells Fargo Advisors is the brokerage subsidiary of Wells Fargo, located in St. Louis, Missouri. It is the third-largest brokerage firm in the United States as of the third quarter of 2010 with $1.1 trillion retail client assets under management.[3]

Wells Fargo Advisors was known as Wachovia Securities until May 1, 2009, when it was renamed following Wells Fargo's acquisition of Wachovia Corporation.

Securities[edit]

The Seagram Building: Home of Wells Fargo Securities' New York offices and trading floors

Wells Fargo Securities (WFS) is the investment banking division of Wells Fargo & Co. headquartered in Charlotte, with other U.S. offices in New York, Minneapolis, Boston, Houston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles and with international offices in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo.

Wells Fargo Securities was established in 2009 after the acquisition of Wachovia Securities. It provides merger and acquisition, high yield, leveraged finance, equity underwriting, private placement, loan syndication, risk management, and public finance services

Cross-selling[edit]

A key part of Wells Fargo's business strategy is cross-selling, the practice of encouraging existing customers to buy additional banking services.[98][99] Customers inquiring about their checking account balance may be pitched mortgage deals and mortgage holders may be pitched credit card offers in an attempt to increase the customer's profitability to the bank.[100][101] Other banks have attempted to emulate Wells Fargo's cross-selling practices (described by The Wall Street Journal as a hard sell technique).[100]

International operations[edit]

Wells Fargo has banking services throughout the world, with overseas offices in Hong Kong, London, Dubai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Toronto.[102][103] Back-offices are in India and the Philippines with more than 20,000 staff.[104]

In 2010, hedge fund administrator Citco purchased the trust company operation of Wells Fargo in the Cayman Islands.[105]

Charter[edit]

Wells Fargo operates under Charter #1, the first national bank charter issued in the United States. This charter was issued to First National Bank of Philadelphia on June 20, 1863, by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.[106] Traditionally, acquiring banks assume the earliest issued charter number. Thus, the first charter passed from First National Bank of Philadelphia to Wells Fargo through its 2008 acquisition of Wachovia, which had inherited it through one of its many acquisitions.

Lawsuits, fines and controversies[edit]

1981 MAPS Wells Fargo embezzlement scandal[edit]

In 1981, it was discovered that a Wells Fargo assistant operations officer, Lloyd Benjamin "Ben" Lewis, had perpetrated one of the largest embezzlements in history, through its Beverly Drive branch. During 1978 - 1981, Lewis had successfully written phony debit and credit receipts to benefit boxing promoters Harold J. Smith (né Ross Eugene Fields) and Sam "Sammie" Marshall, chairman and president, respectively, of Muhammed Ali Professional Sports, Inc. (MAPS), of which Lewis was also listed as a director; Marshall, too, was a former employee of the same Wells Fargo branch as Lewis. In excess of $300,000 was paid to Lewis, who pled guilty to embezzlement and conspiracy charges in 1981, and testified against his co-conspirators for a reduced five-year sentence.[107] (Boxer Muhammed Ali had received a fee for the use of his name, and had no other involvement with the organization.[108])

Higher costs charged to African-American and Hispanic borrowers[edit]

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed suit against Wells Fargo on July 31, 2009, alleging that the bank steers African Americans and Hispanics into high-cost subprime loans. A Wells Fargo spokesman responded that "The policies, systems, and controls we have in place – including in Illinois – ensure race is not a factor..."[109] An affidavit filed in the case stated that loan officers had referred to black mortgage-seekers as "mud people," and the subprime loans as "ghetto loans."[110] According to Beth Jacobson, a loan officer at Wells Fargo interviewed for a report in The New York Times, "We just went right after them. Wells Fargo mortgage had an emerging-markets unit that specifically targeted black churches because it figured church leaders had a lot of influence and could convince congregants to take out subprime loans." The report presented data from the city of Baltimore, where more than half the properties subject to foreclosure on a Wells Fargo loan from 2005 to 2008 now stand vacant. And 71 percent of those are in predominantly black neighborhoods.[110] Wells Fargo agreed to pay $125 million to subprime borrowers and $50 million in direct down payment assistance in certain areas, for a total of $175 million.[111][112][113]

Failure to monitor suspected money laundering[edit]

In a March 2010 agreement with US federal prosecutors, Wells Fargo acknowledged that between 2004 and 2007 Wachovia had failed to monitor and report suspected money laundering by narcotics traffickers, including the cash used to buy four planes that shipped a total of 22 tons of cocaine into Mexico.[114]

Overdraft fees[edit]

In August 2010, Wells Fargo was fined by United States district court judge William Alsup for overdraft practices designed to "gouge" consumers and "profiteer" at their expense, and for misleading consumers about how the bank processed transactions and assessed overdraft fees.[115][116]

Settlement and fines regarding mortgage servicing practices[edit]

On February 9, 2012, it was announced that the five largest mortgage servicers (Ally Financial, Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo) agreed to a settlement with the US Federal Government and 49 states.[117] The settlement, known as the National Mortgage Settlement (NMS), required the servicers to provide about $26 billion in relief to distressed homeowners and in direct payments to the federal and state governments. This settlement amount makes the NMS the second largest civil settlement in U.S. history, only trailing the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.[118] The five banks were also required to comply with 305 new mortgage servicing standards. Oklahoma held out and agreed to settle with the banks separately.[119]

On April 5, 2012, a federal judge ordered Wells Fargo to pay $3.1 million in punitive damages over a single loan, one of the largest fines for a bank ever for mortgaging service misconduct, after the bank improperly charged Michael Jones, a New Orleans homeowner, with $24,000 in mortgage fees, after the bank misallocated payments to interest instead of principal. Elizabeth Magner, a federal bankruptcy judge in the Eastern District of Louisiana, cited the bank's behavior as "highly reprehensible", stating that Wells Fargo has taken advantage of borrowers who rely on the bank's accurate calculations.[120][121] The award was affirmed on appeal in 2013.[122]

In May 2013, New York attorney-general Eric Schneiderman announced a lawsuit against Wells Fargo over alleged violations of the national mortgage settlement. Schneidermann claimed Wells Fargo had violated rules over giving fair and timely serving.[123] In 2015, a judge sided with Wells Fargo.[124]

SEC fine due to inadequate risk disclosures[edit]

On August 14, 2012, Wells Fargo agreed to pay around $6.5 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charges that in 2007 it sold risky mortgage-backed securities without fully realizing their dangers.[125]

Lawsuit by FHA over loan underwriting[edit]

In 2016, Wells Fargo agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle allegations that the company violated the False Claims Act by underwriting over 100,000 Federal Housing Administration (FHA) backed loans when over half of the applicants did not qualify for the program.[126][127]

In October 2012, Wells Fargo was sued by United States AttorneyPreet Bharara over questionable mortgage deals.[128]

Lawsuit due to premium inflation on forced place insurance[edit]

In April 2013, Wells Fargo settled a suit with 24,000 Florida homeowners alongside insurer QBE Insurance, in which Wells Fargo was accused of inflating premiums on forced-place insurance.[129]

Lawsuit regarding excessive overdraft fees[edit]

In May 2013, Wells Fargo paid $203 million to settle class-action litigation accusing the bank of imposing excessive overdraft fees on checking-account customers.[130]

Violation of New York credit card laws[edit]

In February 2015, Wells Fargo agreed to pay $4 million, including a $2 million penalty and $2 million in restitution for illegally taking an interest in the homes of borrowers in exchange for opening credit card accounts for the homeowners.[131]

Tax liability and lobbying[edit]

In December 2011, Public Campaign criticized Wells Fargo for spending $11 million on lobbying during 2008–2010, while increasing executive pay and laying off workers, while having no federal tax liability due to losses from the Great Recession.[132] However, in 2013, the company paid $9.1 billion in income taxes.[133]

Prison industry investment[edit]

Main article: Prison–industrial complex

The company has invested its clients' funds in GEO Group, a multi-national provider of for-profit private prisons.[134] By March 2012, its stake had grown to more than 4.4 million shares worth $86.7 million.[135] As of November 2012, Wells Fargo divested 33% of its holdings of GEO's stock, reducing its stake to 4.98% of Geo Group's common stock, below the threshold of which it must disclose further transactions.[136][137]

Discrimination against African Americans in hiring[edit]

In August 2020, the company agreed to pay $7.8 million in back wages for allegedly discriminating against 34,193 African Americans in hiring for tellers, personal bankers, customer sales and service representatives, and administrative support positions. The company agreed to provide jobs to 580 of the affected applicants.[138]

[edit]

In May 2015, Gregory T. Bolan Jr., a stock analyst at Wells Fargo agreed to pay $75,000 to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to settle allegations that he gave Joseph C. Ruggieri, a stock trader, insider information on probable ratings charges. Ruggieri was not convicted of any crime.[139][140][141]

Wells Fargo fake accounts scandal[edit]

Main article: Wells Fargo account fraud scandal

In September 2016, Wells Fargo was issued a combined total of $185 million in fines for opening over 1.5 million checking and savings accounts and 500,000 credit cards on behalf of customers without their consent. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued $100 million in fines, the largest in the agency's five-year history, along with $50 million in fines from the City and County of Los Angeles, and $35 million in fines from the Office of Comptroller of the Currency.[142] The scandal was caused by an incentive-compensation program for employees to create new accounts. It led to the firing of nearly 5,300 employees and $5 million being set aside for customer refunds on fees for accounts the customers never wanted.[143]Carrie Tolstedt, who headed the department, retired in July 2016 and received $124.6 million in stock, options, and restricted Wells Fargo shares as a retirement package.[144][145]

On October 12, 2016, John Stumpf, the then chairman and CEO, announced that he would be retiring amidst the scandals. President and Chief Operating Officer Timothy J. Sloan succeeded Stumpf, effective immediately. Following the scandal, applications for credit cards and checking accounts at the bank plummeted.[146] In response to the event, the Better Business Bureau dropped accreditation of the bank.[147][148] Several states and cities ended business relations with the company.[149]

An investigation by the Wells Fargo board of directors, the report of which was released in April 2017, primarily blamed Stumpf, who it said had not responded to evidence of wrongdoing in the consumer services division, and Tolstedt, who was said to have knowingly set impossible sales goals and refused to respond when subordinates disagreed with them. Wells Fargo coined the phrase, “Go for Gr-Eight” – or, in other words, aim to sell at least 8 products to every customer. The board chose to use a clawback clause in the retirement contracts of Stumpf and Tolstedt to recover $75 million worth of cash and stock from the former executives.[150]

In February 2020, the company agreed to pay $3 billion to settle claims by the United States Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The settlement did not prevent individual employees from being targets of future litigation.[151] The Federal Reserve put a limit to Wells Fargo's assets, as a result of the scandal. In 2020, Wells Fargo sold $100 million in assets to stay under the limit.[152]

Racketeering lawsuit for mortgage appraisal overcharges[edit]

In November 2016, Wells Fargo agreed to pay $50 million to settle allegations of overcharging hundreds of thousands of homeowners for appraisals ordered after they defaulted on their mortgage loans. While banks are allowed to charge homeowners for such appraisals, Wells Fargo frequently charged homeowners $95 to $125 on appraisals for which the bank had been charged $50 or less. The plaintiffs had sought triple damages under the U.S. Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act on grounds that sending invoices and statements with fraudulently concealed fees constituted mail and wire fraud sufficient to allege racketeering.[153]

Financing of Dakota Access Pipeline[edit]

Wells Fargo is a lender on the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,172-mile-long (1,886 km) underground oil pipeline transport system in North Dakota. The pipeline has been controversial regarding its potential impact on the environment.[154]

In February 2017, the city councils of Seattle, Washington and Davis, California voted to move $3 billion of deposits from the bank due to its financing of the Dakota Access Pipeline as well as the Wells Fargo account fraud scandal.[155]

Failure to comply with document security requirements[edit]

In December 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority fined Wells Fargo $5.5 million for failing to store electronic documents in a "write once, read many" format, which makes it impossible to alter or destroy records after they are written.[156]

Doing business with the gun industry and NRA[edit]

From December 2012 through February 2018, Wells Fargo reportedly helped two of the biggest firearms and ammunition companies obtain $431.1 million in loans. It also handled banking for the National Rifle Association and provided bank accounts and a $28-million line of credit.[157] In 2020, the company said that it is winding down its business with the National Rifle Association.[158]

Discrimination against female workers[edit]

Further information: Glass ceiling

In June 2018, about a dozen female Wells Fargo executives from the wealth management division met in Scottsdale, Arizona to discuss the minimal presence of women occupying senior roles within the company. The meeting, dubbed "the meeting of 12", represented the majority of the regional managing directors, of which 12 out of 45 were women.[159] Wells Fargo had previously been investigating reports of gender bias in the division in the months leading up to the meeting.[160] The women reported that they had been turned down for top jobs despite their qualifications, and instead the roles were occupied by men.[160] There were also complaints against company president Jay Welker, who is also the head of the Wells Fargo wealth management division, due to his sexist statements regarding female employees. The female workers claimed that he called them "girls" and said that they "should be at home taking care of their children."[160][161]

Overselling auto insurance[edit]

On June 10, 2019, Wells Fargo agreed to pay $385 million to settle a lawsuit accusing it of allegedly scamming millions of auto-loan customers into buying insurance they did not need from National General Insurance.[162][163]

Failure to Supervise Registered Representatives[edit]

On August 28, 2020, Wells Fargo agreed to pay a fine of $350,000 as well as $10 million in restitution payments to certain customers after the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority accused the company of failing to reasonably supervise two of its registered representatives that recommended that customers invest a high percentage of their assets in high-risk energy securities in 2014 and 2015.[164]

Steering customers to more expensive retirement accounts[edit]

In April 2018, the United States Department of Labor launched a probe into whether Wells Fargo was pushing its customers into more expensive retirement plans as well as into retirement funds managed by Wells Fargo itself.[165][166]

Alteration of documents[edit]

In May 2018, the company discovered that its business banking group had improperly altered documents about business clients in 2017 and early 2018.[167]

Executive compensation[edit]

With CEO John Stumpf paid 473 times more than the median employee, Wells Fargo ranked number 33 among the S&P 500 companies for CEO—employee pay inequality. In October 2014, a Wells Fargo employee earning $15 per hour emailed the CEO—copying 200,000 other employees—asking that all employees be given a $10,000 per year raise taken from a portion of annual corporate profits to address wage stagnation and income inequality. After being contacted by the media, Wells Fargo responded that all employees receive "market competitive" pay and benefits significantly above US federal minimums.[168][169]

Pursuant to Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, publicly traded companies are required to disclose (1) the median total annual compensation of all employees other than the CEO and (2) the ratio of the CEO's annual total compensation to that of the median employee.[170]

[edit]

Wells Fargo & Company reported Total CO2e emissions (Direct + Indirect) for the twelve months ending 31 December 2020 at 776 Kt (-87 /-10.1% y-o-y).[171] There has been a consistent declining trend in reported emissions since 2015.

In popular culture[edit]

Wells Fargo stagecoaches are mentioned in the song "The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away!)" in the 1953 film Calamity Jane performed by Doris Day: "With a fancy cargo, care of Wells and Fargo, Illinois - Boy!".[177]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^Eisen, Ben; Kellaher, Colin (August 10, 2021). "Wells Fargo's Black Takes Over as Chairman From Noski". The Wall Street Journal.
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  10. ^Hugh Son (September 27, 2021). "Wells Fargo pays $37 million to resolve Justice Department claims it defrauded currency customers". CNBC. Retrieved September 27, 2021.
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  25. ^Gruber, William (February 8, 1986). "WELLS FARGO BUYS CROCKER". Chicago Tribune.
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  34. ^O'Brien, Timothy L. (June 9, 1998). "Wells Fargo And Norwest Plan Merger". The New York Times.
  35. ^"Wells Fargo to Buy Alaskan Bank". Los Angeles Times. December 22, 1999.
  36. ^"H.D. Vest to be acquired by Internet company Blucora for $580 million". Investment News. October 15, 2015.
  37. ^"Wells Fargo Names Stumpf CEO; Kovacevich Remains Chair". CNBC. Reuters. June 27, 2007.
  38. ^"Wells Fargo, Greater Bay Bancorp Agree to Merge" (Press release). PR Newswire. May 4, 2007.
  39. ^Said, Carolyn (May 5, 2007). "Wells Fargo buys bank / Greater Bay has 41 branches in the Bay Area". San Francisco Chronicle.
  40. ^"Wells Fargo Gobbles Up Greater Bay Bancorp". The New York Times. May 7, 2007.
  41. ^Barris, Mike (May 4, 2007). "Wells Fargo Agrees to Acquire Greater Bay Bancorp for $1.5 Billion". The Wall Street Journal.
  42. ^"Wells Fargo to purchase Placer Sierra Bank, owner of four Bank of Lodi branches". Lodi News-Sentinel. January 9, 2007.
  43. ^"Wells Fargo to Purchase CIT Unit". American Banker. June 22, 2007.
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  45. ^"Wells to acquire United Bancorp of Wyoming". American City Business Journals. January 15, 2008.
  46. ^Chad Eric Watt (August 13, 2008). "Wells Fargo to acquire Century Bank". American City Business Journals.
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  51. ^"Capital Purchase Program Transaction Report"(PDF). November 17, 2008.
  52. ^Landler, Mark & Dash, Eric (October 15, 2008). "Drama Behind a $250 billion Banking Deal". The New York Times.
  53. ^Temple, James (May 9, 2009). "Wells Fargo stock offering raises $8.6 billion". San Francisco Chronicle.
  54. ^Barr, Alistair (December 23, 2009). "Citigroup and Wells Fargo exit TARP". MarketWatch.
  55. ^"Wells Fargo buys North Coast Surety Insurance". American City Business Journals. April 20, 2009.
  56. ^Ahmed, Azam (August 15, 2011). "Wells Fargo Brings Citadel's Investment Banking Unit Aboard". The New York Times.
  57. ^Moyer, Liz; Rieker, Matthias (August 16, 2011). "Wells Fargo Scores Citadel Investment-Bank Talent, Deals". The Wall Street Journal.
  58. ^Touryalai, Halah (August 16, 2011). "Don't Read Too Much Into Wells Fargo's Deal With Citadel". Forbes.
  59. ^"Wells Fargo to Acquire Merlin Securities, LLC" (Press release). Business Wire. April 27, 2012.
  60. ^"Wells Fargo to Buy Prime Brokerage Firm". The New York Times. April 27, 2012.
  61. ^"Wells Fargo Rebrands Merlin Securities to Wells Fargo Prime Services" (Press release). Business Wire. December 3, 2012.
  62. ^"Wells Fargo Announces the Sale of Its Majority Stake in The Rock Creek Group" (Press release). Business Wire. July 5, 2018.
  63. ^"Wells Fargo Agrees to Acquire GE's Railcar Leasing Business". Bloomberg News. September 30, 2015.
  64. ^Koren, James Rufus (October 14, 2015). "Wells Fargo buys 3 GE units focused on equipment financing". Los Angeles Times.
  65. ^Dillet, Romain (March 27, 2017). "Wells Fargo will let you use Apple Pay and Android Pay to withdraw money". TechCrunch.
  66. ^Levitt, Hannah (June 5, 2018). "Wells Fargo sells all its branches in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio". Bloomberg News.
  67. ^Egan, Matt (June 5, 2018). "Wells Fargo sells all its branches in three Midwestern states". CNN.
  68. ^Moise, Imani (June 5, 2018). "Wells Fargo pulls back from U.S. Midwest, selling 52 branches to Flagstar". Reuters.
  69. ^"Wells Fargo Plans To Eliminate Up To 26,450 Jobs By 2020". HuffPost. Reuters. September 21, 2018.
  70. ^Egan, Matt (September 20, 2018). "Wells Fargo plans to cut up to 26,500 jobs over three years". CNN.
  71. ^LIBERTO, JENNIFER (March 28, 2019). "Wells Fargo CEO Quits In Wake Of Consumer Financial Scandals". NPR.
  72. ^"Principal Completes Acquisition of Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement & Trust Business" (Press release). Principal Financial Group. July 1, 2019.
  73. ^Egan, Matt (September 27, 2019). "Wells Fargo names financial veteran Charles Scharf as its new CEO". CNN.
  74. ^"Wells Fargo Agrees to Sell Private Student Loan Portfolio" (Press release). Business Wire. December 18, 2020.
  75. ^Truong, Kevin (December 21, 2020). "Wells Fargo sells off private student loan business". American City Business Journals.
  76. ^"TD Bank Group completes acquisition of Wells Fargo's Canadian Direct Equipment Finance Business" (Press release). Toronto-Dominion Bank. May 3, 2021.
  77. ^
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Give Wells Fargo this much credit: The bank keeps coming up with ingenious ways to screw over customers.

In recent years we’ve seen Wells sign up millions of people for accounts they didn’t want, improperly repossess the cars of service members and charge customers for insurance they didn’t ask for, resulting in billions of dollars in fines.

Now there’s this.

Rick Yelinek, 68, finally amassed enough money to pay off the mortgage on his Eagle Rock home. He stopped by a Wells Fargo branch in Glendale with a cashier’s check and deposited it into the checking account used for his Wells Fargo home loan.

First Yelinek was told he’d have to wait a few days for the check to clear, which he was expecting, even though it meant Wells would be able to add more interest to his loan, which it did.

After the check cleared, though, is when the bank lived up to its reputation for customer unfriendliness.

Yelinek was informed that he’d have to shell out an extra $30 for a wire transfer to move his mortgage payment from one division of the bank to another.

“I was incredulous,” he told me. “I couldn’t believe what they were saying.”

Yelinek pointed out to the Wells staffer handling his account that he’d been a customer in good standing for many years and asked that the $30 fee be waived.

“They said they never waive wire transfer fees,” he recalled.

Yelinek subsequently lodged a complaint with the bank over his treatment. That was in August. “I’m still waiting for a response,” he said this week.

The episode is remarkable on numerous levels, not least that if any bank needs to do some reputational damage control by treating people fairly, it’s Wells Fargo.

Then there’s this: Yelinek is a 35-year veteran of the banking industry, including seven years at Wells Fargo as a loan officer. It’s fair to say he knows the business.

And he’s unimpressed by his former employer’s behavior.

“This is typical Wells Fargo,” Yelinek said. “The bank is so fee-based, they’ll do anything to get money from customers.”

Wells may be particularly focused on fees, but it’s by no means alone.

Since deregulation in the 1980s, the entire banking industry has grown more reliant on reaching into people’s pockets with nickel-and-dime fees, as opposed to its traditional focus on loan interest.

We’re talking overdraft fees, wire transfer fees, credit card fees, insufficient funds fees, ATM fees and other charges that over the years have played an increasingly important role in keeping profit-hungry bank shareholders happy.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland found in a 2019 study that banks’ so-called noninterest income jumped by 25% from 2005 to 2018.

The banking industry as a whole took in $12.4 billion from overdraft fees alone last year, the vast majority of which were paid by lower-income people.

So Wells Fargo isn’t the only one muscling its customers. But its status as the country’s largest residential mortgage servicer gives it ample opportunity to exploit this captive market.

In the nine months that ended Sept. 30, Wells pocketed almost $4 billion in mortgage banking noninterest income, including $2.1 billion in “servicing fees, late charges and ancillary fees.”

This presumably includes those $30 wire transfer charges that infuriated Yelinek.

Wells is currently servicing about 6.5 million mortgage loans.

“I wonder how many $30 fees they get for payoffs of those mortgages,” Yelinek said, echoing my own thoughts.

And that’s the key issue in any discussion of fee-based businesses. The outrage isn’t just in individual fees, although they’re sufficiently galling to most consumers.

The true outrage is in the volume of fees. Thirty dollars here, $30 there. Pretty soon you’re looking at serious money.

Other banks may also charge fees for internal fund transfers, but I couldn’t find one of Wells’ stature that does so for mortgage payoffs. Bank of America doesn’t do it. Nor does U.S. Bank.

“We’d accomplish it without the need for a wire transfer at all,” said Evan Lapiska, a U.S. Bank spokesperson.

Tom Goyda, a Wells Fargo spokesperson, said the bank regretted not responding to Yelinek when he first raised these issues in August. “We are reaching out to him and plan to refund the wire transfer fee,” he said.

So Wells does waive wire transfer fees, it turns out.

Yet the bank didn’t seem regretful about inflicting the same fee on possibly millions of other mortgage customers (Goyda was unable to provide a specific number).

“We clearly communicate options for sending payoff funds,” he told me. “These options are laid out in the written payoff letter and include the option of paying by certified check to avoid a wire transfer fee.”

Wait, customers could avoid the wire transfer fee if they used a certified check but not if they used a cashier’s check? That makes little sense.

The only difference between cashier’s checks and certified checks is that the former are drawn from the bank’s own account, whereas the latter are drawn from the customer’s account. In both cases, the issuing bank verifies upfront that sufficient funds exist.

Goyda said certified checks are made out to Wells Fargo, but a cashier’s check may be made out to the mortgage account holder.

That’s a distinction without a difference. With both types of pre-verified checks, the money was being deposited at Wells Fargo for the express purpose of paying off a Wells mortgage.

Most banks charge fees for making wire transfers to other banks, and some charge for receiving them.

As such, Goyda said Wells’ $30 fee for mortgage payoffs was justified even though, as in Yelinek’s case, the bank was both initiating and receiving the wire transfer as it shifted funds from one part of the company to another.

That, of course, is silly. Wells was basically arguing that if a cashier’s check is used (but not a certified check), it has the right to charge $30 even if it’s transferring funds from itself to itself.

Goyda offered no response when I pointed this out. He did say, though, that the bank was “reviewing our processes for such transactions” as a result of my inquiries.

And guess what?

Goyda contacted me Thursday afternoon to say Wells had a sudden change of heart.

“We recognize why Mr. Yelinek and others in his situation would be unhappy about paying a fee in these circumstances,” he said.

“We are changing our process so in the future customers won’t be charged this type of fee when transferring funds from a Wells Fargo deposit account to pay off a Wells Fargo mortgage.”

That’s commendable. I still wonder, though, about all the money Wells Fargo has already raked in from this practice over the years.

If I were a banking regulator, I’d be wondering the same. And I’d be wondering if some restitution is in order.

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Column: Wells Fargo found another way to abuse customers. Then I called them on it

Give Wells Fargo this much credit: The bank keeps coming up with ingenious ways to screw over customers.

In recent years we’ve seen Wells sign up millions of people for accounts they didn’t want, improperly repossess the cars of service members and charge customers for insurance they didn’t ask for, resulting in billions of dollars in fines.

Now there’s this.

Rick Yelinek, 68, finally amassed enough money to pay off the mortgage on his Eagle Rock home. He stopped by a Wells Fargo branch in Glendale with a cashier’s check and deposited it into the checking account used for his Wells Fargo home loan.

First Yelinek was told he’d have to wait a few days for the check to clear, which he was expecting, even though it meant Wells would be able to add more interest to his loan, which it did.

After the check cleared, though, is when the bank lived up to its reputation for customer unfriendliness.

Yelinek was informed that he’d have to shell out an extra $30 for a wire transfer to move his mortgage payment from one division of the bank to another.

“I was incredulous,” he told me. “I couldn’t believe what they were saying.”

Yelinek pointed out to the Wells staffer handling his account that he’d been a customer in good standing for many years and asked that the $30 fee be waived.

“They said they never waive wire transfer fees,” he recalled.

Yelinek subsequently lodged a complaint with the bank over his treatment. That was in August. “I’m still waiting for a response,” he said this week.

The episode is remarkable on numerous levels, not least that if any bank needs to do some reputational damage control by treating people fairly, it’s Wells Fargo.

Then there’s this: Yelinek is a 35-year veteran of the banking industry, including seven years at Wells Fargo as a loan officer. It’s fair to say he knows the business.

And he’s unimpressed by his former employer’s behavior.

“This is typical Wells Fargo,” Yelinek said. “The bank is so fee-based, they’ll do anything to get money from customers.”

Wells may be particularly focused on fees, but it’s by no means alone.

Since deregulation in the 1980s, the entire banking industry has grown more reliant on reaching into people’s pockets with nickel-and-dime fees, as opposed to its traditional focus on loan interest.

We’re talking overdraft fees, wire transfer fees, credit card fees, insufficient funds fees, ATM fees and other charges that over the years have played an increasingly important role in keeping profit-hungry bank shareholders happy.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland found in a 2019 study that banks’ so-called noninterest income jumped by 25% from 2005 to 2018.

The banking industry as a whole took in $12.4 billion from overdraft fees alone last year, the vast majority of which were paid by lower-income people.

So Wells Fargo isn’t the only one muscling its customers. But its status as the country’s largest residential mortgage servicer gives it ample opportunity to exploit this captive market.

In the nine months that ended Sept. 30, Wells pocketed almost $4 billion in mortgage banking noninterest income, including $2.1 billion in “servicing fees, late charges and ancillary fees.”

This presumably includes those $30 wire transfer charges that infuriated Yelinek.

Wells is currently servicing about 6.5 million mortgage loans.

“I wonder how many $30 fees they get for payoffs of those mortgages,” Yelinek said, echoing my own thoughts.

And that’s the key issue in any discussion of fee-based businesses. The outrage isn’t just in individual fees, although they’re sufficiently galling to most consumers.

The true outrage is in the volume of fees. Thirty dollars here, $30 there. Pretty soon you’re looking at serious money.

Other banks may also charge fees for internal fund transfers, but I couldn’t find one of Wells’ stature that does so for mortgage payoffs. Bank of America doesn’t do it. Nor does U.S. Bank.

“We’d accomplish it without the need for a wire transfer at all,” said Evan Lapiska, a U.S. Bank spokesperson.

Tom Goyda, a Wells Fargo spokesperson, said the bank regretted not responding to Yelinek when he first raised these issues in August. “We are reaching out to him and plan to refund the wire transfer fee,” he said.

So Wells does waive wire transfer fees, it turns out.

Yet the bank didn’t seem regretful about inflicting the same fee on possibly millions of other mortgage customers (Goyda was unable to provide a specific number).

“We clearly communicate options for sending payoff funds,” he told me. “These options are laid out in the written payoff letter and include the option of paying by certified check to avoid a wire transfer fee.”

Wait, customers could avoid the wire transfer fee if they used a certified check but not if they used a cashier’s check? That makes little sense.

The only difference between cashier’s checks and certified checks is that the former are drawn from the bank’s own account, whereas the latter are drawn from the customer’s account. In both cases, the issuing bank verifies upfront that sufficient funds exist.

Goyda said certified checks are made out to Wells Fargo, but a cashier’s check may be made out to the mortgage account holder.

That’s a distinction without a difference. With both types of pre-verified checks, the money was being deposited at Wells Fargo for the express purpose of paying off a Wells mortgage.

Most banks charge fees for making wire transfers to other banks, and some charge for receiving them.

As such, Goyda said Wells’ $30 fee for mortgage payoffs was justified even though, as in Yelinek’s case, the bank was both initiating and receiving the wire transfer as it shifted funds from one part of the company to another.

That, of course, is silly. Wells was basically arguing that if a cashier’s check is used (but not a certified check), it has the right to charge $30 even if it’s transferring funds from itself to itself.

Goyda offered no response when I pointed this out. He did say, though, that the bank was “reviewing our processes for such transactions” as a result of my inquiries.

And guess what?

Goyda contacted me Thursday afternoon to say Wells had a sudden change of heart.

“We recognize why Mr. Yelinek and others in his situation would be unhappy about paying a fee in these circumstances,” he said.

“We are changing our process so in the future customers won’t be charged this type of fee when transferring funds from a Wells Fargo deposit account to pay off a Wells Fargo mortgage.”

That’s commendable. I still wonder, though, about all the money Wells Fargo has already raked in from this practice over the years.

If I were a banking regulator, I’d be wondering the same. And I’d be wondering if some restitution is in order.

Источник: https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-11-19/wells-fargo-mortgage-fee

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  • No minimum balance and easy-to-waive low fees1

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  • Led by a CEO who is among just 6% of female bank CEOs

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Greenvale Branch of Wells Fargo Bank, National Association in Greenvale, New York


BankWells Fargo Bank, National Association
BranchGreenvale Branch
Address9 Northern Boulevard,
Greenvale, New York 11548
Contact Number(516) 484-3740
CountyNassau
Service TypeFull Service, brick and mortar office
Date of Establishment11/14/2005
Branch Deposits$107,543,000

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Bank Information
Bank Holding CompanyWELLS FARGO & COMPANY
HeadQuarters Address101 N. Phillips Avenue,
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
United States
Bank Type3 - NATIONAL MEMBER BANK
FDIC CERT #03511
Total Bank Assets$1,699,842,000,000
Domestic Deposits$1,291,135,000,000
RSSD (Federal Reserve ID Number)451965
RSSD (Federal Reserve ID Number) for Holding Company1120754

Routing Number for Wells Fargo Bank, National Association in New York

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Wells Fargo

American multinational banking and financial services company

For other uses, see Wells Fargo (disambiguation).

Wells Fargo Logo (2020).png

Company logo since 2019

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Wells Fargo's corporate headquarters complex in San Francisco, California

TypePublic

Traded as

ISINUS9497461015
Industry
Predecessors
Founded1929 (92 years ago) (1929) in Minneapolis, U.S. (as Northwest Bancorporation)
1983 (as Norwest Corporation)
1998 (as Wells Fargo & Company)
Founders (Wells Fargo Bank)
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California, U.S. (corporate);
New York, NY (operational)[1]

Number of locations

Area served

Worldwide

Key people

ProductsAsset management, banking, commodities, credit cards, equities trading, insurance, investment management, mortgage loans, mutual funds, private equity, risk management, wealth management
RevenueDecrease US$72.34 billion (2020)

Operating income

Decrease US$581 million (2020)

Net income

Decrease US$3.30 billion (2020)
Total assetsIncrease US$1.955 trillion (2020)
Total equityDecrease US$185.9 billion (2020)

Number of employees

268,531 (2020)
Subsidiaries
Websitewellsfargo.com
Footnotes / references
[3]
American Express Co. early receipts (1853, 1869)
Stagecoach with Christmas gifts Wells Fargo Bank San Francisco
Wells Fargo & Co. Express building circa 1860, Stockton, California
Wells Fargo & Co. $2 stamp and 10 cents stamped envelope with Pony Express cancellation, carried from San Franciscoto New York Cityin 12 days, during June 1861.

Wells Fargo & Company is an American multinational financial services company with corporate headquarters in San Francisco, California, operational headquarters in Manhattan,[4] and managerial offices throughout the United States and internationally.[3] The company has operations in 35 countries with over 70 million customers globally.[3] It is considered a systemically important financial institution by the Financial Stability Board.

The firm's primary subsidiary is Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., a national bank chartered in Wilmington, Delaware[3] which designates its main office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It is the fourth largest bank in the United States by total assets and is one of the largest as ranked by bank deposits and market capitalization. Along with JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and Citigroup, Wells Fargo is one of the "Big Four Banks" of the United States.[5] It has 8,050 branches and 13,000 ATMs.[3] It is one of the most valuable bank brands.[6][7]

Wells Fargo in its present form is a result of a merger between the original Wells Fargo & Company and Minneapolis-based Norwest Corporation in 1998. While Norwest was the nominal survivor, the merged company took the better-known Wells Fargo name and moved to Wells Fargo's hub in San Francisco, while its banking subsidiary merged with Wells Fargo's Sioux Falls-based banking subsidiary. With the 2008 acquisition of Charlotte-based Wachovia, Wells Fargo became a coast-to-coast bank. Wells Fargo is ranked 7th on the Forbes Global 2000 list of largest public companies in the world and ranked 37th on the Fortune 500 list of the largest companies in the US.[3][8] The company has been the subject of several investigations by regulators. On February 2, 2018, due to the Wells Fargo account fraud scandal, the Federal Reserve barred Wells Fargo from growing its nearly $2 trillion-asset base any further until the company fixes its internal problems to the satisfaction of the Federal Reserve.[9] In September 2021, Wells Fargo incurred further fines from the United States Justice Department charging fraudulent behavior by the bank against foreign-exchange currency trading customers.[10]

History[edit]

For history before 1998, see Wells Fargo (1852–1998). For history after 1998, see History of Wells Fargo.

A late 19th century Wells Fargo Bank in Apache Junction, Arizona
1879 Wells Fargo stagecoach

In 1852, Henry Wells and William G. Fargo, the two founders of American Express, formed Wells Fargo & Company to provide express and banking services to California, which was growing rapidly due to the California Gold Rush.

In March 1860, Wells Fargo gained control Butterfield Overland Mail Company, after Congress failed to pass the annual post office appropriation bill, thereby leaving the post office with no way to pay for the Overland Mail Company's services, and leaving Overland no way to pay Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo then operated the western portion of the Pony Express.[11]

Wells, Fargo & Co. 1868 display advertisement from The Salt Lake Daily Telegraph(Utah Territory)

In 1866, the "Grand consolidation" united Wells Fargo, Holladay, and Overland Mail stage lines under the Wells Fargo name.[12]

In 1872, Lloyd Tevis, a friend of the Central Pacific "Big Four" and holder of rights to operate an express service over the Transcontinental Railroad, became president of the company after acquiring a large stake, a position he held until 1892.[13]

In 1892, John J. Valentine, Sr., a long time Wells Fargo employee, was made president of the company. Valentine died in late December 1901 and was succeeded as president by Dudley Evans on January 2, 1902.

In 1905, Wells Fargo separated its banking and express operations; Wells Fargo's bank merged with the Nevada National Bank to form the Wells Fargo Nevada National Bank.[14]

In 1918, as a wartime measure, the United States government nationalized Wells Fargo's express franchise into a federal agency known as the US Railway Express Agency (REA). The federal government took control of the express company.[15] The bank began rebuilding but with a focus on commercial markets. After the war, the REA was privatized and continued service until 1975.

In 1923, Wells Fargo Nevada merged with the Union Trust Company to form the Wells Fargo Bank & Union Trust Company.[16]

In 1929, Northwest Bancorporation was formed as a banking association.

The company did well during the Great Depression; during a Bank Holiday in March 1933, the company actually gained $2 million of deposits.[17]

In 1954, Wells Fargo & Union Trust shortened its name to Wells Fargo Bank.

In 1960, Wells Fargo merged with American Trust Company to form the Wells Fargo Bank American Trust Company.[18]

In 1962, Wells Fargo American Trust shortened its name to Wells Fargo Bank.

In 1968, Wells Fargo was converted to a federal banking charter, becoming Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Wells Fargo merges with Henry Trione's Sonoma Mortgage in a $10.8 million stock transfer, making Trione the largest shareholder in Wells Fargo until Warren Buffett and Walter Annenberg surpassed him.[19]

In 1969, Wells Fargo & Company holding company was formed, with Wells Fargo Bank as its main subsidiary.[20]

In 1982, Northwest Bancorporation acquired consumer finance firm Dial Finance, which was renamed Norwest Financial Service the following year.[21]

In 1983, Northwest Bancorporation was renamed Norwest Corporation.

In September 1983, a Wells Fargo armored truck depot in West Hartford, Connecticut was the victim of the White Eagle robbery, involving an insider who worked as an armored truck guard, in the largest US bank theft to date, with $7.1 million stolen and two co-workers tied up. The robbery was carried out with the support of the government of Cuba and the cash was initially moved to Mexico City.[22][23]

In 1986, Wells Fargo acquired Crocker National Bank from Midland Bank.[24][25]

In 1987, Wells Fargo acquired the personal trust business of Bank of America.[26]

In 1988, Wells Fargo acquired Barclays Bank of California from Barclays plc.[27]

In 1991, Wells Fargo acquired 130 branches in California from Great American Bank for $491 million.[28]

In May 1995, Wells Fargo became the first major US financial services firm to offer internet banking.[29]

In 1996, Wells Fargo acquired First Interstate Bancorp for $11.6 billion.[30] Integration went poorly as many executives left.[31][32]

In 1998, Wells Fargo Bank was acquired by Norwest Corporation of Minneapolis, with the combined company assuming the Wells Fargo name.[33][34]

In 2000, Wells Fargo Bank acquired National Bank of Alaska.[35] It also acquired First Security Corporation.

In 2001, Wells Fargo acquired H.D. Vest Financial Services for $128 million, but sold it in 2015 for $580 million.[36]

In June 2007, John Stumpf was named chief executive officer of the company and Richard Kovacevich remained as chairman.[37]

In 2007, Wells Fargo acquired Greater Bay Bancorp, which had $7.4 billion in assets, in a $1.5 billion transaction.[38][39][40][41] It also acquired Placer Sierra Bank.[42] It also acquired CIT Group's construction unit.[43][44]

In 2008, Wells Fargo acquired United Bancorporation of Wyoming.[45]

In 2008, Wells Fargo acquired Century Bancshares of Texas.[46]

On October 3, 2008, after Wachovia turned down an inferior offer from Citigroup, Wachovia agreed to be bought by Wells Fargo for about $14.8 billion in stock.[47] On October 4, 2008, a New York state judge issued a temporary injunction blocking the transaction from going forward while the competing offer from Citigroup was sorted out.[48] Citigroup alleged that it had an exclusivity agreement with Wachovia that barred Wachovia from negotiating with other potential buyers. The injunction was overturned late in the evening on October 5, 2008, by New York state appeals court.[49] Citigroup and Wells Fargo then entered into negotiations brokered by the FDIC to reach an amicable solution to the impasse. Those negotiations failed. Citigroup was unwilling to take on more risk than the $42 billion that would have been the cap under the previous FDIC-backed deal (with the FDIC incurring all losses over $42 billion). Citigroup did not block the merger, but sought damages of $60 billion for breach of an alleged exclusivity agreement with Wachovia.[50]

On October 28, 2008, Wells Fargo received $25 billion of funds via the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act in the form of a preferred stock purchase by the United States Department of the Treasury.[51][52] As a result of requirements of the government stress tests, the company raised $8.6 billion in capital in May 2009.[53] On December 23, 2009, Wells Fargo redeemed $25 billion of preferred stock issued to the United States Department of the Treasury. As part of the redemption of the preferred stock, Wells Fargo also paid accrued dividends of $131.9 million, bringing the total dividends paid to $1.441 billion since the preferred stock was issued in October 2008.[54]

In April 2009, Wells Fargo acquired North Coast Surety Insurance Services.[55]

In 2011, the company hired 25 investment bankers from Citadel LLC.[56][57][58]

In April 2012, Wells Fargo acquired Merlin Securities.[59][60] In December 2012, it was rebranded as Wells Fargo Prime Services.[61]

In December 2012, Wells Fargo acquired a 35% stake in The Rock Creek Group LP. The stake was increased to 65% in 2014 but sold back to management in July 2018.[62]

In 2015, Wells Fargo Rail acquired GE Capital Rail Services and merged in with First Union Rail.[63] In late 2015, Wells Fargo acquired three GE units focused on business loans equipment financing.[64]

In March 2017, Wells Fargo announced a plan to offer smartphone-based transactions with mobile wallets including Wells Fargo Wallet, Android Pay and Samsung Pay.[65]

In June 2018, Wells Fargo sold all 52 of its physical bank branch locations in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio to Flagstar Bank.[66][67][68]

In September 2018, Wells Fargo announced it would cut 26,450 jobs by 2020 to reduce costs by $4 billion.[69][70]

In March 2019, CEO Tim Sloan resigned amidst the Wells Fargo account fraud scandal and former general counsel C. Allen Parker became interim CEO.[71]

In July 2019, Principal Financial Group acquired the company's Institutional Retirement & Trust business.[72]

On September 27, 2019, Charles Scharf was announced as the firm's new CEO.[73]

In 2020, the company sold its student loan portfolio.[74][75]

In May 2021, the company sold its Canadian Direct Equipment Finance business to Toronto-Dominion Bank.[76]

In 2021, the company sold its asset management division, Wells Fargo Asset Management (WFAM) to private equity firms GTCR and Reverence Capital Partners for $2.1 billion.[77] WFAM had $603 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2020,[78][79] of which 33% was invested in money market funds.[80] WFAM was rebranded as Allspring Global Investments.[81][82]

Environmental record[edit]

In 2009, Wells Fargo ranked 1st among banks and insurance companies, and 13th overall, in Newsweek Magazine's inaugural "Green Rankings" of the country's 500 largest companies.[83]

In 2013, the company was recognized by the EPA Center for Corporate Climate Leadership as a Climate Leadership Award winner, in the category "Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate)"; this recognition was for the company's aim to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas emissions from its US operations by 35% by 2020 versus 2008 levels.[84]

In 2017, Wells Fargo ranked 182nd out of 500 in Newsweek Magazine's "Green Rankings" of the largest US companies;[85]

Newsweek's 2020 listing of "America's Most Responsible Companies" did not include Wells Fargo.[86]

Wells Fargo has provided more than $10 billion in financing for environmentally beneficial business opportunities, including supporting commercial-scale solar photovoltaic projects and utility-scale wind projects nationwide.[87]

In 2010, Wells Fargo launched what it believes to be the first blog among its industry peers to report on its environmental stewardship and to solicit feedback and ideas from its stakeholders.[88]

Wells Fargo History Museum[edit]

The company operates the Wells Fargo History Museum at 420 Montgomery Street, San Francisco. Displays include original stagecoaches, photographs, gold nuggets and mining artifacts, the Pony Express, telegraph equipment, and historic bank artifacts. The museum also has a gift shop.[89] In January 2015, armed robbers in an SUV smashed through the museum's glass doors and stole gold nuggets.[90][91][92][93] The company previously operated other museums but those have since closed.[94]

Operations and services[edit]

Map of Wells Fargo branches in August 2015

Consumer Banking and Lending[edit]

The Consumer Banking and Lending segment includes Regional Banking, Diversified Products, and Consumer Deposits groups, as well as Wells Fargo Customer Connection (formerly Wells Fargo Phone Bank, Wachovia Direct Access, the National Business Banking Center, and Credit Card Customer Service). Wells Fargo also has around 2,000 stand-alone mortgage branches throughout the country. There are also mini-branches located inside of other buildings, which are almost exclusively grocery stores, that usually contain ATMs, basic bank teller services, and an office for private meetings with customers.[3]

Consumer lending[edit]

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage is the second largest retail mortgage originator in the United States, originating one out of every four home loans.[95] Wells Fargo services $1.8 trillion in home mortgages, the one of the largest servicing portfolios in the US.[3]

Equipment lending[edit]

Wells Fargo has various divisions, including Wells Fargo Rail, that finance and lease equipment to different types of companies.[3]

Wealth and Investment Management[edit]

Wells Fargo Advisors headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri

Wells Fargo offers investment products through its subsidiaries, Wells Fargo Investments, LLC, and Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, as well as through national broker/dealer firms. The company also serves high-net-worth individuals through its private bank and family wealth group.

Wells Fargo Advisors is the brokerage subsidiary of Wells Fargo, located in St. Louis, Missouri. It is the third-largest brokerage firm in the United States as of the third quarter of 2010 with $1.1 trillion retail client assets under management.[3]

Wells Fargo Advisors was known as Wachovia Securities until May 1, 2009, when it was renamed following Wells Fargo's acquisition of Wachovia Corporation.

Securities[edit]

The Seagram Building: Home of Wells Fargo Securities' New York offices and trading floors

Wells Fargo Securities (WFS) is the investment banking division of Wells Fargo & Co. headquartered in Charlotte, with other U.S. offices in New York, Minneapolis, Boston, Houston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles and with international offices in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo.

Wells Fargo Securities was established in 2009 after the acquisition of Wachovia Securities. It provides merger and acquisition, high yield, leveraged finance, equity underwriting, private placement, loan syndication, risk management, and public finance services

Cross-selling[edit]

A key part of Wells Fargo's business strategy is cross-selling, the practice of encouraging existing customers to buy additional banking services.[98][99] Customers inquiring about their checking account balance may be pitched mortgage deals and mortgage holders may be pitched credit card offers in an attempt to increase the customer's profitability to the bank.[100][101] Other banks have attempted to emulate Wells Fargo's cross-selling practices (described by The Wall Street Journal as a hard sell technique).[100]

International operations[edit]

Wells Fargo has banking services throughout the world, with overseas offices in Hong Kong, London, Dubai, Singapore, Tokyo, and Toronto.[102][103] Back-offices are in India and the Philippines with more than 20,000 staff.[104]

In 2010, hedge fund administrator Citco purchased the trust company operation of Wells Fargo in the Cayman Islands.[105]

Charter[edit]

Wells Fargo operates under Charter #1, the first national bank charter issued in the United States. This charter was issued to First National Bank of Philadelphia on June 20, 1863, by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.[106] Traditionally, acquiring banks assume the earliest issued charter number. Thus, the first charter passed from First National Bank of Philadelphia to Wells Fargo through its 2008 acquisition of Wachovia, which had inherited it through one of its many acquisitions.

Lawsuits, fines and controversies[edit]

1981 MAPS Wells Fargo embezzlement scandal[edit]

In 1981, it was discovered that a Wells Fargo assistant operations officer, Lloyd Benjamin "Ben" Lewis, had perpetrated one of the largest embezzlements in history, through its Beverly Drive branch. During 1978 - 1981, Lewis had successfully written phony debit and credit receipts to benefit boxing promoters Harold J. Smith (né Ross Eugene Fields) and Sam "Sammie" Marshall, chairman and president, respectively, of Muhammed Ali Professional Sports, Inc. (MAPS), of which Lewis was also listed as a director; Marshall, too, was a former employee of the same Wells Fargo branch as Lewis. In excess of $300,000 was paid to Lewis, who pled guilty to embezzlement and conspiracy charges in 1981, and testified against his co-conspirators for a reduced five-year sentence.[107] (Boxer Muhammed Ali had received a fee for the use of his name, and had no other involvement with the organization.[108])

Higher costs charged to African-American and Hispanic borrowers[edit]

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed suit against Wells Fargo on July 31, 2009, alleging that the bank steers African Americans and Hispanics into high-cost subprime loans. A Wells Fargo spokesman responded that "The policies, systems, and controls we have in place – including in Illinois – ensure race is not a factor..."[109] An affidavit filed in the case stated that loan officers had referred to black mortgage-seekers as "mud people," and the subprime loans as "ghetto loans."[110] According to Beth Jacobson, a loan officer at Wells Fargo interviewed for a report in The New York Times, "We just went right after them. Wells Fargo mortgage had an emerging-markets unit that specifically targeted black churches because it figured church leaders had a lot of influence and could convince congregants to take out subprime loans." The report presented data from the city of Baltimore, where more than half the properties subject to foreclosure on a Wells Fargo loan from 2005 to 2008 now stand vacant. And 71 percent of those are in predominantly black neighborhoods.[110] Wells Fargo agreed to pay $125 million to subprime borrowers and $50 million in direct down payment assistance in certain areas, for a total of $175 million.[111][112][113]

Failure to monitor suspected money laundering[edit]

In a March 2010 agreement with US federal prosecutors, Wells Fargo acknowledged that between 2004 and 2007 Wachovia had failed to monitor and report suspected money laundering by narcotics traffickers, including the cash used to buy four planes that shipped a total of 22 tons of cocaine into Mexico.[114]

Overdraft fees[edit]

In August 2010, Wells Fargo was fined by United States district court judge William Alsup for overdraft practices designed to "gouge" consumers and "profiteer" at their expense, and for misleading consumers about how the bank processed transactions and assessed overdraft fees.[115][116]

Settlement and fines regarding mortgage servicing practices[edit]

On February 9, 2012, it was announced that the five largest mortgage servicers (Ally Financial, Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo) agreed to a settlement with the US Federal Government and 49 states.[117] The settlement, known as the National Mortgage Settlement (NMS), required the servicers to provide about $26 billion in relief to distressed homeowners and in direct payments to the federal and state governments. This settlement amount makes the NMS the second largest civil settlement in U.S. history, only trailing the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.[118] The five banks were also required to comply with 305 new mortgage servicing standards. Oklahoma held out and agreed to settle with the banks separately.[119]

On April 5, 2012, a federal judge ordered Wells Fargo to pay $3.1 million in punitive damages over a single loan, one of the largest fines for a bank ever for mortgaging service misconduct, after the bank improperly charged Michael Jones, a New Orleans homeowner, with $24,000 in mortgage fees, after the bank misallocated payments to interest instead of principal. Elizabeth Magner, a federal bankruptcy judge in the Eastern District of Louisiana, cited the bank's behavior as "highly reprehensible", stating that Wells Fargo has taken advantage of borrowers who rely on the bank's accurate calculations.[120][121] The award was affirmed on appeal in 2013.[122]

In May 2013, New York attorney-general Eric Schneiderman announced a lawsuit against Wells Fargo over alleged violations of the national mortgage settlement. Schneidermann claimed Wells Fargo had violated rules over giving fair and timely serving.[123] In 2015, a judge sided with Wells Fargo.[124]

SEC fine due to inadequate risk disclosures[edit]

On August 14, 2012, Wells Fargo agreed to pay around $6.5 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charges that in 2007 it sold risky mortgage-backed securities without fully realizing their dangers.[125]

Lawsuit by FHA over loan underwriting[edit]

In 2016, Wells Fargo agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle allegations that the company violated the False Claims Act by underwriting over 100,000 Federal Housing Administration (FHA) backed loans when over half of the applicants did not qualify for the program.[126][127]

In October 2012, Wells Fargo was sued by United States AttorneyPreet Bharara over questionable mortgage deals.[128]

Lawsuit due to premium inflation on forced place insurance[edit]

In April 2013, Wells Fargo settled a suit with 24,000 Florida homeowners alongside insurer QBE Insurance, in which Wells Fargo was accused of inflating premiums on forced-place insurance.[129]

Lawsuit regarding excessive overdraft fees[edit]

In May 2013, Wells Fargo paid $203 million to settle class-action litigation accusing the bank of imposing excessive overdraft fees on checking-account customers.[130]

Violation of New York credit card laws[edit]

In February 2015, Wells Fargo agreed to pay $4 million, including a $2 million penalty and $2 million in restitution for illegally taking an interest in the homes of borrowers in exchange for opening credit card accounts for the homeowners.[131]

Tax liability and lobbying[edit]

In December 2011, Public Campaign criticized Wells Fargo for spending $11 million on lobbying during 2008–2010, while increasing executive pay and laying off workers, while having no federal tax liability due to losses from the Great Recession.[132] However, in 2013, the company paid $9.1 billion in income taxes.[133]

Prison industry investment[edit]

Main article: Prison–industrial complex

The company has invested its clients' funds in GEO Group, a multi-national provider of for-profit private prisons.[134] By March 2012, its stake had grown to more than 4.4 million shares worth $86.7 million.[135] As of November 2012, Wells Fargo divested 33% of its holdings of GEO's stock, reducing its stake to 4.98% of Geo Group's common stock, below the threshold of which it must disclose further transactions.[136][137]

Discrimination against African Americans in hiring[edit]

In August 2020, the company agreed to pay $7.8 million in back wages for allegedly discriminating against 34,193 African Americans in hiring for tellers, personal bankers, customer sales and service representatives, and administrative support positions. The company agreed to provide jobs to 580 of the affected applicants.[138]

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In May 2015, Gregory T. Bolan Jr., a stock analyst at Wells Fargo agreed to pay $75,000 to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to settle allegations that he gave Joseph C. Ruggieri, a stock trader, insider information on probable ratings charges. Ruggieri was not convicted of any crime.[139][140][141]

Wells Fargo fake accounts scandal[edit]

Main article: Wells Fargo account fraud scandal

In September 2016, Wells Fargo was issued a combined total of $185 million in fines for opening over 1.5 million checking and savings accounts and 500,000 credit cards on behalf of customers without their consent. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued $100 million in fines, the largest in the agency's five-year history, along with $50 million in fines from the City and County of Los Angeles, and $35 million in fines from the Office of Comptroller of the Currency.[142] The scandal was caused by an incentive-compensation program for employees to create new accounts. It led to the firing of nearly 5,300 employees and $5 million being set aside for customer refunds on fees for accounts the customers never wanted.[143]Carrie Tolstedt, who headed the department, retired in July 2016 and received $124.6 million in stock, options, and restricted Wells Fargo shares as a retirement package.[144][145]

On October 12, 2016, John Stumpf, the then chairman and CEO, announced that he would be retiring amidst the scandals. President and Chief Operating Officer Timothy J. Sloan succeeded Stumpf, effective immediately. Following the scandal, applications for credit cards and checking accounts at the bank plummeted.[146] In response to the event, the Better Business Bureau dropped accreditation of the bank.[147][148] Several states and cities ended business relations with the company.[149]

An investigation by the Wells Fargo board of directors, the report of which was released in April 2017, primarily blamed Stumpf, who it said had not responded to evidence of wrongdoing in the consumer services division, and Tolstedt, who was said to have knowingly set impossible sales goals and refused to respond when subordinates disagreed with them. Wells Fargo coined the phrase, “Go for Gr-Eight” – or, in other words, aim to sell at least 8 products to every customer. The board chose to use a clawback clause in the retirement contracts of Stumpf and Tolstedt to recover $75 million worth of cash and stock from the former executives.[150]

In February 2020, the company agreed to pay $3 billion to settle claims by the United States Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The settlement did not prevent individual employees from being targets of future litigation.[151] The Federal Reserve put a limit to Wells Fargo's assets, as a result of the scandal. In 2020, Wells Fargo sold $100 million in assets to stay under the limit.[152]

Racketeering lawsuit for mortgage appraisal overcharges[edit]

In November 2016, Wells Fargo agreed to pay $50 million to settle allegations of overcharging hundreds of thousands of homeowners for appraisals ordered after they defaulted on their mortgage loans. While banks are allowed to charge homeowners for such appraisals, Wells Fargo frequently charged homeowners $95 to $125 on appraisals for which the bank had been charged $50 or less. The plaintiffs had sought triple damages under the U.S. Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act on grounds that sending invoices and statements with fraudulently concealed fees constituted mail and wire fraud sufficient to allege racketeering.[153]

Financing of Dakota Access Pipeline[edit]

Wells Fargo is a lender on the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,172-mile-long (1,886 km) underground oil pipeline transport system in North Dakota. The pipeline has been controversial regarding its potential impact on the environment.[154]

In February 2017, the city councils of Seattle, Washington and Davis, California voted to move $3 billion of deposits from the bank due to its financing of the Dakota Access Pipeline as well as the Wells Fargo account fraud scandal.[155]

Failure to comply with document security requirements[edit]

In December 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority fined Wells Fargo $5.5 million for failing to store electronic documents in a "write once, read many" format, which makes it impossible to alter or destroy records after they are written.[156]

Doing business with the gun industry and NRA[edit]

From December 2012 through February 2018, Wells Fargo reportedly helped two of the biggest firearms and ammunition companies obtain $431.1 million in loans. It also handled banking for the National Rifle Association and provided bank accounts and a $28-million line of credit.[157] In 2020, the company said that it is winding down its business with the National Rifle Association.[158]

Discrimination against female workers[edit]

Further information: Glass ceiling

In June 2018, about a dozen female Wells Fargo executives from the wealth management division met in Scottsdale, Arizona to discuss the minimal presence of women occupying senior roles within the company. The meeting, dubbed "the meeting of 12", represented the majority of the regional managing directors, of which 12 out of 45 were women.[159] Wells Fargo had previously been investigating reports of gender bias in the division in the months leading up to the meeting.[160] The women reported that they had been turned down for top jobs despite their qualifications, and instead the roles were occupied by men.[160] There were also complaints against company president Jay Welker, who is also the head of the Wells Fargo wealth management division, due to his sexist statements regarding female employees. The female workers claimed that he called them "girls" and said that they "should be at home taking care of their children."[160][161]

Overselling auto insurance[edit]

On June 10, 2019, Wells Fargo agreed to pay $385 million to settle a lawsuit accusing it of allegedly scamming millions of auto-loan customers into buying insurance they did not need from National General Insurance.[162][163]

Failure to Supervise Registered Representatives[edit]

On August 28, 2020, Wells Fargo agreed to pay a fine of $350,000 as well as $10 million in restitution payments to certain customers after the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority accused the company of failing to reasonably supervise two of its registered representatives that recommended that customers invest a high percentage of their assets in high-risk energy securities in 2014 and 2015.[164]

Steering customers to more expensive retirement accounts[edit]

In April 2018, the United States Department of Labor launched a probe into whether Wells Fargo was pushing its customers into more expensive retirement plans as well as into retirement funds managed by Wells Fargo itself.[165][166]

Alteration of documents[edit]

In May 2018, the company discovered that its business banking group had improperly altered documents about business clients in 2017 and early 2018.[167]

Executive compensation[edit]

With CEO John Stumpf paid 473 times more than the median employee, Wells Fargo ranked number 33 among the S&P 500 companies for CEO—employee pay inequality. In October 2014, a Wells Fargo employee earning $15 per hour emailed the CEO—copying 200,000 other employees—asking that all employees be given a $10,000 per year raise taken from a portion of annual corporate profits to address wage stagnation and income inequality. After being contacted by the media, Wells Fargo responded that all employees receive "market competitive" pay and benefits significantly above US federal minimums.[168][169]

Pursuant to Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, publicly traded companies are required to disclose (1) the median total annual compensation of all employees other than the CEO and (2) the ratio of the CEO's annual total compensation to that of the median employee.[170]

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Wells Fargo & Company reported Total CO2e emissions (Direct + Indirect) for the twelve months ending 31 December 2020 at 776 Kt (-87 /-10.1% y-o-y).[171] There has been a consistent declining trend in reported emissions since 2015.

In popular culture[edit]

Wells Fargo stagecoaches are mentioned in the song "The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away!)" in the 1953 film Calamity Jane performed by Doris Day: "With a fancy cargo, care of Wells and Fargo, Illinois - Boy!".[177]

See also[edit]

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Wells Fargo Bank Cross County branch is one of the 5316 offices of the bank and has been serving the financial needs of their customers in Yonkers, Westchester county, New York since 1954. Cross County office is located at 5080 Xavier Drive, Yonkers. You can also contact the bank by calling the branch phone number at 914-963-8705

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Column: Wells Fargo found another way to abuse customers. Then I called them on it

Give Wells Fargo this much credit: The bank keeps coming up with ingenious ways to screw over customers.

In recent years we’ve seen Wells sign up millions of people for accounts they didn’t want, improperly repossess the cars of service members and charge customers for insurance they didn’t ask for, are any wells fargos open on sundays in billions of dollars in fines.

Now there’s this.

Rick Yelinek, 68, finally amassed enough money to pay off the mortgage on his Eagle Rock home. He stopped by a Wells Fargo branch in Glendale with a cashier’s check and deposited it into the checking account used for his Wells Fargo home loan.

First Yelinek was told he’d have to wait a few days for the check to clear, which he was expecting, even though it meant Wells would be able to add more interest to his loan, which it did.

After the check cleared, though, is when the bank lived up to its reputation for customer unfriendliness.

Yelinek was informed that he’d have to shell out an extra $30 for a wire transfer to move his mortgage payment from one division of the bank to another.

“I was incredulous,” he told me. “I couldn’t believe what they were saying.”

Yelinek pointed out to the Wells staffer handling his account that he’d been a customer in good standing for many years and asked that the $30 fee be waived.

“They said they never waive wire transfer fees,” he recalled.

Yelinek subsequently lodged a complaint with the bank over his treatment. That was in August. “I’m still waiting for a response,” he said this week.

The episode is remarkable on numerous levels, not least that if any bank needs to do some reputational damage control by treating people fairly, it’s Wells Fargo.

Then there’s this: Yelinek is a 35-year veteran of the banking industry, including seven years at Wells Fargo as a loan officer. It’s fair to say he knows the business.

And he’s unimpressed by his former employer’s behavior.

“This is typical Wells Fargo,” Yelinek said. “The bank is so fee-based, they’ll do anything to get money from customers.”

Wells may be particularly focused on fees, but it’s by no means alone.

Since deregulation in the 1980s, the entire banking industry has grown more reliant on reaching into people’s pockets with nickel-and-dime fees, as opposed to its traditional focus on loan interest.

We’re talking overdraft fees, wire transfer fees, credit card fees, insufficient funds fees, ATM fees and other charges that over the years have played an increasingly important role in keeping profit-hungry bank shareholders happy.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland found in a 2019 study that banks’ so-called noninterest income jumped by 25% from 2005 to 2018.

The banking industry as a whole took in $12.4 billion from overdraft fees alone last year, the vast majority of which were paid by lower-income people.

So Wells Fargo isn’t the only one muscling its customers. But its status as the country’s largest residential mortgage servicer gives it ample opportunity to exploit this captive market.

In the nine months that ended Sept. 30, Wells pocketed almost $4 billion in mortgage banking noninterest income, including $2.1 billion in “servicing fees, late charges and ancillary fees.”

This presumably includes those $30 wire transfer charges that infuriated Yelinek.

Wells is currently servicing about 6.5 million mortgage loans.

“I wonder how many $30 fees they get for payoffs of those mortgages,” Yelinek said, echoing my own thoughts.

And that’s are any wells fargos open on sundays key issue in any discussion of fee-based businesses. The outrage isn’t just in individual fees, although are any wells fargos open on sundays sufficiently galling to most consumers.

The true outrage is in the volume of fees. Thirty dollars here, $30 there. Pretty soon you’re looking at serious money.

Other banks may also charge fees for internal fund transfers, but I couldn’t find one of Wells’ stature that does so for mortgage payoffs. Bank of America doesn’t do it. Nor does U.S. Bank.

“We’d accomplish it without the need for a wire transfer at all,” said Evan Lapiska, a U.S. Bank spokesperson.

Tom Goyda, a Wells Fargo spokesperson, said the bank regretted not responding to Yelinek when are any wells fargos open on sundays first raised these issues in August. “We are reaching out to him and plan to refund the wire transfer fee,” he said.

So Wells does waive wire transfer fees, it turns out.

Yet the bank didn’t seem regretful about inflicting the same fee on possibly millions of other mortgage customers (Goyda was unable to provide a specific number).

“We clearly communicate options for sending payoff funds,” he told me. “These options are laid out in the written payoff letter and include the option of paying by certified check to avoid a wire transfer fee.”

Wait, customers could avoid the wire transfer fee if they used a certified check but not if they used a cashier’s check? That makes little sense.

The only difference between cashier’s checks and certified checks is that the former are drawn from the bank’s own account, whereas the latter are drawn from the customer’s account. In both cases, the issuing bank verifies upfront that sufficient funds exist.

Goyda said certified checks are made out to Wells Fargo, but a cashier’s check may be made out to the mortgage account holder.

That’s a distinction without a difference. With both types of pre-verified checks, the money was being deposited at Wells Fargo for the express purpose of paying off a Wells mortgage.

Most banks charge fees for making wire transfers to other banks, and some charge for receiving them.

As such, Goyda said Wells’ $30 fee for mortgage payoffs was justified even though, as in Yelinek’s case, the bank was both initiating and receiving the wire transfer as it shifted funds from one part of the company to another.

That, of course, is silly. Wells was basically arguing that if a cashier’s check is used (but not a certified check), it has the right to charge $30 even if it’s transferring funds from itself to itself.

Goyda offered no response when I pointed this out. He did say, though, that the bank was “reviewing our processes for such transactions” as a result of my inquiries.

And guess what?

Goyda contacted me Thursday afternoon to say Wells had a sudden change of heart.

“We recognize why Mr. Yelinek and others in his situation would be unhappy about paying a fee in these circumstances,” he said.

“We are changing our process so in the future customers won’t be charged this type of fee when transferring funds from a Wells Fargo deposit account to pay off a Wells Fargo mortgage.”

That’s commendable. I still wonder, though, about all the money Wells Fargo has already raked in from this practice over the years.

If I were a banking regulator, I’d be wondering the same. And I’d be wondering if some restitution is in order.

Источник: https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-11-19/wells-fargo-mortgage-fee

Why Shares spire gas energy pay bill Wells Fargo Are Up Today

What happened

Shares of Wells Fargo(NYSE:WFC) were trading nearly 4% higher as of 10:45 a.m. ET today for no obvious reason, although I suspect it is likely because of President Joe Biden's decision to reappoint Jerome Powell as the chairman of the Federal Reserve.

So what

Holders of bank stocks in general appear to be pleased with the Powell news, as the KBW Nasdaq Bank Index, which tracks the largest bank stocks in the country, traded more than 2% higher this morning as well.

Wells Fargo is likely trading higher than the group as a whole because the bank is more captive to the Federal Reserve right now. It remains under a Federal Reserve-imposed asset cap limiting the bank from growing its balance sheet. The asset cap is a result of the bank's infamous phony-accounts scandal and has caused the loss of billions of dollars in profits.

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Now, I don't think this means that Powell will make it easy to get the asset cap removed, as he has made public statements suggesting that Wells still has a good deal of work to do. But he is likely a far better pick for the bank than the other top candidate, Dr. Lael Brainard, who Biden announced will become vice chairwoman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

Brainard is favored by Democrats who would prefer stricter banking regulation, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who earlier this year called for Wells Fargo to be broken up.

Now what

While I am not sure that this necessarily speeds up the removal of Wells Fargo's asset cap, I would agree that the process certainly could have been more difficult under Brainard's regime, so this is a victory for the bank.

Источник: https://www.fool.com/investing/2021/11/22/why-shares-of-wells-fargo-are-up-today/

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Greenvale Branch of Wells Fargo Bank, National Association in Greenvale, New York


BankWells Fargo Bank, National Association
BranchGreenvale Branch
Address9 Northern Boulevard,
Greenvale, New York 11548
Contact Number(516) 484-3740
CountyNassau
Service TypeFull Service, brick and mortar office
Date of Establishment11/14/2005
Branch Deposits$107,543,000

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Bank Information
Bank Holding CompanyWELLS FARGO & COMPANY
HeadQuarters Address101 N. Phillips Avenue,
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
United States
Bank Type3 - NATIONAL MEMBER BANK
FDIC CERT #03511
Total Bank Assets$1,699,842,000,000
Domestic Deposits$1,291,135,000,000
RSSD (Federal Reserve ID Number)451965
RSSD (Federal Reserve ID Number) for Holding Company1120754

Routing Number for Wells Fargo Bank, National Association in New York

A routing number is a 9 digit code for identifying a financial institute for the purpose of routing of checks (cheques), fund transfers, direct deposits, e-payments, online payments, etc. to the correct bank branch. Routing numbers are also known as banking routing numbers, routing transit numbers, RTNs, ABA numbers, and sometimes SWIFT codes (although these are quite different from routing numbers as SWIFT codes are any wells fargos open on sundays solely used for international wire transfers while routing numbers are used for domestic transfers). Routing numbers differ for checking and savings accounts, prepaid cards, IRAs, lines of credit, and wire transfers. Usually all banks have different routing numbers for each state in the US. You can find the routing number for Wells Fargo Bank, National Association in New York here.

Total Assets:The sum of all assets owned by the institution including cash, loans, securities, bank premises and other assets. This total does not include off-balance-sheet accounts.

RSSD:The unique number assigned by the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) to the top regulatory bank holding company. This unique identifier for Wells Fargo Bank, National Association is 451965.

FDIC CERT #:The certificate number assigned to an institution for deposit insurance. The FDIC Certificate Number for Greenvale Branch office of Wells Fargo Bank, National Association in Greenvale, NY is 03511. This unique NUMBER is assigned by the FDIC and is used to identify institutions and for the issuance of insurance certificates by FDIC.

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